Media releases

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has issued a Harvest, Vehicle Movement, Hot Works and Combustion Engines Ban from 9am until 5pm on Friday 8 January 2021.
 
Shire Chief Bush Fire Control Officer, David Holland issued the ban due to forecast weather conditions heightening the risk of bushfire.

Activities NOT PERMITTED during this Ban

  • Harvesting operations.
  • Any ‘hot works’ (e.g. welding, grinding, cutting, heating, etc.) in the ‘open air’.
  • Operation of off-road recreational vehicles (exceptions listed below).
  • Other – use or operation of any engine, vehicle, plant equipment or machinery in the area likely to cause a bush fire or contribute to the spread of a bush fire.

 
Activities PERMITTED during this Ban

  • Movement of Vehicles on ‘gazetted roads’ (as described in Bush Fires regulation 24A(3).
  • Movement of vehicles on a lane, driveway, yard or other area that provides access to, or a parking facility at, any residential, farming or business premises, if the area has been sufficiently cleared of inflammable material to prevent the escape of fire.
  • Use or operation of a vehicle if it is for the prevention of an immediate and serious risk to the health or safety of a person or livestock, and only if all reasonable precautions have been taken to prevent the activity from creating a bush fire danger.

The ban will be reviewed at 2pm on Friday 8 January. Any changes will be issued on the Shire’s website and Facebook page.

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has this week learned of its success in securing Lotterywest funding for community led initiatives through Mindful Margaret River and the Shire’s own ‘Grab a Bite’ program for young people.

Mindful Margaret River is an association of mental health professionals, government agencies, community representatives and the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River, working together to promote mental health and wellbeing in the Shire.

The not-for-profit group were advised this week of their success in securing an impressive $176,000 to support the delivery of community led initiatives that improve health and wellbeing in the Shire.

Mindful Margaret River Chairperson Stuart Hicks said the funding would assist the group to deliver on objectives including a mental health awareness program, a Heath Hub for professionals and an ongoing community mental health collaborative that will include existing health practitioners as well as sporting and community groups, to support connection and increased resilience.

“Access to health and wellbeing support at a local level is absolutely crucial in a regional area like ours,” he said. “Having this funding will allow us to provide on the ground, meaningful support for the community and we know it will make a huge difference.”

Mr Hicks said that Mindful Margaret River was extremely grateful for Lotterywest’s strong support and that the grant’s success had relied on a high measure of collaboration between Mindful Margaret River and the Shire. “The Shire has been a fantastic supporter of Mindful Margaret River throughout the first year of our busy life,” he said.

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River was also successful in securing $74,536 in Lotteywest funding for its ‘Grab A Bite’ program for young people. The innovative program aims to support young people to develop skills that enhance their ability to access jobs, volunteer opportunities and to develop new business ventures.

With bike building, fiction writing, dressmaking, woodwork, art and design programs on offer, the initiative aims to provide skills development opportunities while also aiding physical and mental health and welling. The program, which is accessible to all young people, is also expected to result in economic and social development opportunities within the Shire and will include partnerships with local community organisations including Creative Corner, Woven Cowaramup, Concrete Club and Cowaramup Men’s Shed.  

Director Corporate and Community Services, James Shepherd said news of the funding success was a welcome start to 2021. “Both of these programs will provide a significant benefit to the local community,” he said.

“The Shire is thrilled to see this support come through in two much-needed areas, being health and wellbeing, and youth services. It’s brilliant that we now have the funding to back these much-needed programs and we can’t wait to get started,” he said.

Mindful Margaret River’s initiatives and the Shire’s ‘Grab a Bite’ program will both be rolled out in 2021. Stay tuned to www.amrshire.wa.gov.au for more details on these programs as they become available.

Image (L-R): Director Corporate and Community Services James Shepherd, Stuart MacMillan from Creative Corner, Stuart Hicks from Mindful Margaret River, Community Development Trainee Shannon Walker and Coordinator Community Planning & Development Jason Cleary. High resolution image here

The Prohibited Burning Period for the Shire of Augusta Margaret River will come into effect from 23 Dec 2020 - 14 Mar 2021. 

No fires can be lit in the open air during this period. 

For more information about fire requirements during the Prohibited Burning Period please refer to the Firebreak Notice and Bushfire Information 2020-2021 at www.amrshire.wa.gov.au

To report a fire call 000.

For the latest emergency warnings and incidents visit https://www.emergency.wa.gov.au/

Eight community groups have shared in almost $9000 in funding as part of the Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s final round of Easy Grants.

The funds were part of the 2020-21 Community Development and Events Grants, which offered grants up to $2000 for projects and events fostering community resilience, connection and wellbeing.
 
“This was our third and last round of Easy Grants for 2020 and we’re glad to once again be helping out a range of great initiatives,” Shire Manager Community Planning and Development Jason Cleary said.

The Easy Grants will support Yeah the Boyz indigenous basketball team ($2000), enable Margaret River Boardriders Club Inc to purchase five tablets and a priority board ($1000), contribute to Augusta Yacht Club’s new boat trailer for the support/rescue boat ($1000) and allow Margaret River Baptist Craft Group to purchase new chairs to support mobility issues ($604.98).
 
Events funded include the Rotary Club of Margaret River Inc’s Community Walk ($2000), Witchcliffe Progress Association Inc’s Witchcliffe 2020 Gathering ($250) and Augusta Chamber of Commerce’s Augusta Community Christmas Carols ($2000).
 
Priorities in funding allocations included the purchase of equipment up to $1000, professional development for volunteers, minor events or activations encouraging participation or connection, and neighbourhood projects or events.
 
For more information on the grants, visit www.amrshire.wa.gov.au/council/financial-assistance or call Community Development Officer Kim Rosenfeld on 08 9780 5233.

Margaret River’s Main Street Makeover will be complete just in time for Christmas, with the full length of Bussell Highway opening again to vehicles on Wednesday 23 December.

To mark the occasion, the Shire of Augusta Margaret River is calling on main street businesses and the wider community to dress in Christmas kitsch and join construction crews for a fun community parade up the street before it opens to vehicles.

When: Wednesday 23 December at 2pm
Where: Meet at the new Festival Precinct on Fearn Avenue
Wear: Drape yourself in tinsel or wear your best Christmas kitsch!

Shire President Ian Earl said completion of the project before Christmas would be a boon for traders, visitors and the community alike.

“It’s just fantastic to see the street looking so good,” he said.

“Our contractors and their tradies have been working extremely hard to get the works done by Christmas, compressing the work schedule for this final stage from 17 weeks to 13 weeks.

“I encourage anyone who can make it down to the street on Wednesday to join in the fun and wave the works goodbye.

“It’ll be a great chance to get into the Christmas spirit and collectively welcome a different feel for our centre of town.”

The eleven-month work program has seen a total replacement of underground stormwater infrastructure the entire length of the street, two new roundabouts constructed at both ends of town to improve traffic flows, and several above ground improvements including a new Festival Precinct, cycle path, bike racks, street furniture, more trees and landscaping.

A large community street party is also being organised for the 29 January from 3-9pm.

For media enquiries please contact media@amrshire.wa.gov.au


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